Five questions with... Richard Meunier, Principal Archivist

Find out more about Richard and his new role as Principal Archivist.

11 January 2019

 

Tell us a bit about your job including the favourite thing about the work you do?

I am the Principal Archivist for Bath & North East Somerset and I am responsible for the archives and local studies collections. We are located in the Guildhall and my wonderful team and I facilitate a wide variety of researchers and visitors who are interested in our collections. I have always enjoyed helping members of the public discover more about their particular field of interest and seeing projects through from inception to delivery. 

How did you get this job? What was your career path that lead to you to this job?

Previously I was the archivist for Queen Mary University’s medical school which formed part of the archives service for Barts Health NHS Trust. I also acted as curator for the Royal London Hospital Museum. My background has mainly been in HE sector archives and libraries but more recently I have been very involved in the medical museums world as well as lecturing in the History of Medicine.

What are you working on currently?

My focus this year will be to learn as much about Bath and the records we hold as possible! Aside from that I am looking forward to making new contacts both within Heritage Services and thinking about opportunities to collaborate with external partners. We will also be working hard towards gaining accredited status.

Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Outside of work and looking after two young children I try to find time to walk and cycle. Another passion of mine is music. I play the guitar, by no means professionally, but I have done the odd wedding!

What have you done that you are most proud of, inside or outside of work?

Passing my driving test at the age of 34 – having put it off for 17 years!